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I am proud to serve as the State Senator from Illinois’ 47th District, representing much of western Illinois. I hope you’ll find this site a useful resource in keeping up to date with what’s happening in our district and in Springfield. Please contact any of my offices with questions or ways I can better serve you.

It is my honor to represent you in Springfield.

State Senator John Sullivan
47th Legislative District


From left: State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rusvhille), Quincy University President Robert Gervais and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) toured Quincy University on Monday. The three discussed potential investments in infrastructure, upcoming technology improvements and the status of the university. They also viewed a presentation by the university's mock trial team.

sullivan1112SPRINGFIELD – A plan to reinstate Medicaid adult dental benefits recently passed the Illinois State Senate and awaits a vote in the House. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) is co-sponsoring the legislation, House Bill 1516, which passed with bipartisan support.

"I've heard from individuals, dentists and health care providers about how the lack of dental coverage for adults has negatively impacted our communities by placing additional pressure on hospital emergency rooms." Sullivan said. "So many medical problems stem from improper dental health. By extending these benefits we can increase prevention and significantly improve people's lives."

A law signed in 2012 cut all Medicaid dental coverage except for emergency procedures. The proposed new law reinstates preventive care that includes fillings, crowns, root canals, dentures and teeth extractions.

"When I saw the human cost of the lack of dental services there was no question in my mind that these benefits needed to be reinstated," Sullivan said.

sullivan-75x75SPRINGFIELD –State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) is co-sponsoring a plan that allows youths, ages 16 or younger, to hunt when they are supervised by a parent, grandparent or guardian who is 21 or older and holds a valid state hunting license. This legislation, Illinois Youth Hunting License program, recently passed the Illinois Senate with a 57-0 vote.

"The more hunting opportunities we provide to the youth of this state the sooner they will experience the great outdoors, appreciate conservation and become better sportsmen," Sullivan said. "There is a proud tradition of hunting in Illinois and this plan gives families more chances to pass that tradition on to the next generation."

The new license will cost $7 and allows youth hunting throughout the appropriate seasons with a bow, crossbow or firearm. The license can be renewed every year until the minor turns 17. Upon turning 17, they will need to take the hunter safety course and obtain a regular Illinois Hunting License.

This program is based on the success of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' apprentice hunting license program, but it only allowed for a one-time license.

The proposal, Senate Bill 853, passed the Senate without opposition and now moves to the House for consideration.


Eighth-grade students from Dallas City Elementary School visited State Senator John Sullivan at the Capitol on Tuesday.

sullivan-75x75SullivanawardThe Illinois Rural Health Association, whose mission is to improve access to health care for rural Illinoisans, has named State Senator John Sullivan as its Legislator of the Year.

Click here to watch the report from WGEM-TV.

sullivan-75x75MONMOUTH — State Senator John Sullivan spoke to a Monmouth College's American Politics course Sept. 27 and discussed how he became involved in politics at a young age, passing his first bill in the Senate and the unique challenges of Illinois government.

"What a diverse group of people there are in this state, especially when it comes to passing legislation," he said. "The legislators from Chicago don't always grasp our agriculture needs. I, in turn, don't always grasp their needs."

To read the full Monmouth College News article, click here.

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Springfield Office:

417C State House
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-2479

Quincy Office:

926 Broadway, #6
Quincy, IL 62301
(217) 222-2295

Macomb Office:

1601 W. Jackson St., Suite 105
Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 833-5526